Jawed Zia | Country President
Novartis | India

Jawed Zia, Country President, Novartis

Jawed Zia is Country President, Novartis India responsible for the Novartis Group of Companies in the country and leads the Pharmaceuticals business as well. 

Mr. Zia has a wealth of experience gained in various geographies and functions across the globe. Having joined Novartis in 1987, he has a successful career history working across Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Devices in positions of increasing responsibility across various functions of Market Research, Brand Management, Marketing Management, Division Management and Area Management in Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Singapore, Canada, Switzerland and now in India.

A strategic thinker with versatile experience, Mr. Zia has a deep knowledge and extensive experience of building businesses from inception. His innate ability to drive growth of people and businesses, build brands, transform operations and scale capabilities has been the hallmark of his success. A firm believer in the power of innovation and collaboration, he is passionate about driving access to healthcare and has been steering the company towards ‘Winning for Patients’. A strong proponent of the adage ‘People are our greatest asset’, he takes a keen interest in leadership development across the organisation.

Mr. Zia is a graduate in Clinical Pharmacology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and holds an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland). 


Conference Day 1 @ 09:30

Boardroom panel: Creating a robust ecosystem for pharma in India

India is poised to become a top 5 global pharmaceutical hub by 2020. But in order to achieve this, there’s work to be done, to develop a successful ecosystem. Key stakeholders including the government, pharma, regulators and investors need to work closely together to build it. In this panel, we gather them to explore how, as we explore issues including:
  • How will the creation of new pharma clusters across India help enhance the ecosystem?
  • How is the Indian government playing an active role to help build up the ecosystem? (Building infrastructure, funding of incubators and accelerators, mission mode programmes)
  • Should a robust and sustainable ecosystem be centred around academic institutes to increase collaboration?
  • What are some existing models which India can emulate? (Boston,SF Bay area, Singapore, BioValley)
  • Is achieving that too idealistic? How far is India from achieving that?

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